Circle of Funk – Walking in Circles EP

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Walking in Circles is the latest EP release from Bristol production quartet Circle of Funk, and the seventeenth release on the Slapped Up Soul label.

Circle of Funk began producing music in 2010 with a remix of Mandy Senior’s “Games”, and have entertained us ever since with a wealth of genres and styles, some instrumental, and some collaborative, featuring respected artists such as Lifford Shillingford, Mr V, Robert Owens, Natasha Watts, and more recently introducing talented London singer Charlene Samms.

Yet again the boys have produced an EP which is not only unique and contemporary but somehow comfortingly familiar in its evocative quality. Never formulaic in their approach, Circle of Funk certainly had their artistic synapses firing with this production, drawing on their palette of inspiration to create something very versatile for the dance music community.

Both tracks are a spot-on selection of stylish percussion sounds, smooth keys and edgy vocal samples fused with the familiar warmth of a funky vibe.

The first composition Gladys Mayhem has an intense deepness and an atmospheric, dream-like feel which would be just as fitting on a dramatic film soundtrack as on the club dance floor. Sitting With Stan is a lively and heart-warming creation, that will quickly have you moving your feet to the beat with its up tempo keys and feel-good atmosphere.

For an artist to convey emotion without lyrics is a real achievement, and Circle of Funk have effortlessly achieved this by producing two engaging, expressive, and multi-faceted tracks. Walking in Circles – pure joy for the feet and the senses, goes to show why Circle of Funk are fast becoming one of the UK’s most respected production teams.

SUS017 Walking In Circles EP – Circle of Funk

Released on Slapped Up Soul – 21 July 2014 (available now on Promo)

Click this link to preview Walking In Circles on Traxsource


Beat Rivals ft Natasha Watts – Fabulous


London based production duo – Beat Rivals is the brainchild of KrazyK and Soulshy. The team have a novel approach to music production, each package comprises of at least three mixes – a mix from each of them that reflects their own unique style, and also a combined mix which complements and contrasts with the others, hence the name Beat Rivals. The boys have more than twenty years experience in DJing and production and are well respected in the London dance music arena.

Natasha Watts, winner of last year’s Soul Survivor award for best new soul artist, has recently released her much acclaimed debut album. The Basingstoke babe has collaborated with Cool Million, Richard Earnshaw, Circle of Funk, Groove Addix, Jamie Lewis, Mark di Meo, and Lifford to name a few, and she is a talented songwriter who is constantly in demand. Natasha’s music covers a variety of genres, making her one of the most versatile performers in the business.

Natasha delivers the lyrics of “Fabulous” with maturity and control, her vocals a perfect fit to express the sentiments of the track. The Beat Rivals spoil us with their skilfully composed blends, each production delighting the audience with a slick new vibe.

The package consists of 5 mixes including a guest mix from Broken Species. All five tracks will certainly provide for every scene on the dance floor, each of them having their own variation around the central theme.

The Live Groove mix is the Beat Rivals collaborative mix and is the pick of the bunch with its warm bouncing House beats, Jazz organ, and sexy Latin style percussion touches. Soulshy’s remix has a lovely piano theme, with brass backing and a jazzy feel that will have the dancers twirling, where Krazy K’s mix is one for the stompers with its heavier beat, well-placed organ stabs, and a Funky House vibe.

The Broken Species mix provides a big pacy sound with broken beats and a bold percussion, whilstthe Up tempo mix is lively with a soulful synth inspired backdrop and a pumping beat.

Fabulous is a track that will be the soundtrack to summer for many listeners, a great selection of flavours, on-point production, velvet vocals – a certain dance anthem of 2014.

“Fabulous” from Rival Beat Records, available on 14 July 2014 exclusively from Traxsource, then available on 21 July 2014 from iTunes and all other good download stores.

Click this link to preview on iTunes